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 15 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
A view of the south side of the Fort of Gwalior - 1787

This is plate 6 from William Hodges' book, 'Select Views in India'. Gwalior had been the capital of an influential state and was renowned for its huge fortress, built on a narrow and long rocky hill of sandstone. The fortress, with its imp... Read More
 14 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
Eastern gate of the Jummah Musjid at Delhi, by Thomas Daniell, print, aquatint, 1795, London.

This depicts one of the entrances to the Jami Masjid, with steps leading up to an imposing gateway. There is a procession with elephants in the foreground.

This is one of a set of twenty-four print... Read More
 14 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
Watercolour by William Daniell R.A., entitled 'In the Garden House Reach, Calcutta'. India, ca. 1786-1791.

Watercolour depicting the environs of a garden house in Calcutta. Inscribed with title.

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 10 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
The Chalees Satoon in the Fort of Allahabad on the River Jumna - 1795

Plate 6 from the first set of Thomas Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery.' Of all the British artists who went to India in the 18th and 19th Centuries, it is Thomas and William Daniell who are the best known. Their work gives us a v... Read More
 28 May 2013 Rare Paintings
Panwell Bunder by Charles Harcourt Chambers, painting, watercolour on paper, India, 1824-28

This painting depicts a road leading inland from the sea. There are camels on the road. In the distance is a landscape, sea and ships. Bullocks sit under the trees in the foreground.

Once travellers ... Read More
 28 Apr 2013 Rare Paintings
Fort at Allahabad seen from the river - 1814

Water-colour painting of the fort at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh seen from the river by Robert Smith (1787-1873) between 1814 and 1815. Inscribed on the mount in pencil is: 'Allahabad.'

The fort at Allahabad was built on the confluence of the Gang... Read More
 28 Apr 2013 Rare Photographs
Ashoka Pillar in Allahabad - 1858

Photograph of the Ashoka Pillar in Allahabad from 'Murray Collection: Views in Delhi, Cawnpore, Allahabad and Benares' taken by Dr. John Murray in 1858 after the Uprising of 1857. Allahabad's location at the junction of the Ganges and Jumna river in central In... Read More
 23 Apr 2013 Rare Photographs
View of the Palace at Bangalore from the grounds - 1890

Photograph of the Maharaja?s Palace at Bangalore, Karnataka from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Souvenirs of Kolhapur. Installation of H.H. the Maharajah, 1894'. The Maharaja?s Palace at Bangalore, Karnataka was built c.1865 and modified fro... Read More
 23 Apr 2013 Rare Photographs
The Palace, Bangalore - 1890

This photograph of the Palace, Bangalore taken in the 1890s by an unknown photographer, is from the Curzon Collection's 'Souvenir of Mysore Album'.General view of the buildings, built in castle form, with a large group seated in carriages in the foreground. Caption... Read More
 23 Apr 2013 Rare Photographs
Distant view of the Palace at Bangalore from the grounds - 1890

Photograph of the Maharaja?s Palace at Bangalore, Karnataka from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Souvenirs of Kolhapur. Installation of H.H. the Maharajah, 1894'. The Maharaja?s Palace at Bangalore, Karnataka was built in c. 865 and m... Read More
 23 Apr 2013 Rare Photographs
The Victoria Diamond Jubilee Hospital, Bangalore - 1900

This photograph of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Bangalore taken in the 1890s by an unknown photographer, is from the Curzon Collection's 'Souvenir of Mysore Album'. "The Victoria Diamond Jubilee Hospital, Bangalore City... constructed i... Read More
 24 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
View of Cochin, on the coast of Malabar - 1662

View of the city of Cochin, on the coast of Malabar. In view of the sea, a Dutch merchantman right, in the foreground a few rowboats. Top of place name Couchyn.

Artist: Johannes Vinckboons

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 9 Mar 2013 Rare Photographs
Ahalya Bai's Ghat on the River Ganges, Varanasi - 1883

Photograph of Ahalya Bai's Ghat on the River Ganges, Varanasi from the Kitchener of Khartoum Collection: 'Views of Benares. Presented by the Maharaja of Benares' by Babu Jageswar Prasad in 1883. Ahalya Bai's Ghat was named after the Queen ... Read More
 6 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Gateway of the palace at Indore by William Carpenter, painting, watercolour on paper, India, 1852.

This view of the gateway and walls of the palace is taken from the main square with houses on the right and also includes the Maharaja's sawari or cavalcade of horsemen, while people throng the s... Read More
 6 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Mandleshwar, Indore - 1843

Pencil and ink drawing of Mandleshwar in Madhya Pradesh by Sir James Abbott (1807-1896) in 1843. The drawing is inscribed: 'Mundlaisir. Nimarr. J.A. 1843, River Narbudda.'

Mandleshwar in Central India is on the bank of the Narbada River at a narrow point where in ... Read More
 5 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Maheshwar, Indore - 1842

Pencil and ink drawing of bathing ghats on the river bank at Maheshwar by Sir James Abbott (1807-1896) in 1842. On the original mount is inscribed: 'From Nature by General James Abbott 1842. Ghaut or stairs to the revered memory of the Mah-ratta Princess Ahilya Bae at ... Read More
 2 Mar 2013 Rare Photographs
The Church, Delhi - 1860s
Delhi, India

Samuel Bourne, born 1834 - died 1912 (photographer)

Albumen print from wet collodion glass negative

This photograph shows St James's Church. It was built in 1836 by James Skinner, one of the British community, and was the first church in Delhi. Th... Read More
 17 Feb 2013 Rare Paintings
The Adyar River; in the distance St. Thomas's Mount and garden houses beside the river; in the foreground a terrace and country boat - 1836

Water-colour drawing of the Adyar River with St. Thomas's Mount in the distance by Justinian Gantz (1802-1862) in 1836. Inscribed on the original mount in... Read More
 3 Feb 2013 Rare Photographs
LOKARANJAN MAHAL, Mysore - 1865

This is one of the oldest Palaces in Mysore built by HH. Sri. Mummadi Krishna Raja Wadiyar around 1850-60. Zoo was part of this palace till it was thrown open for public by his adopted son HH. Sri. Chamarajanedra Wadiyar. It also served as Royal School for many ye... Read More
 2 Feb 2013 Rare Paintings
'Entree d'une Pagode a Pondichery'. Aquatint by S. Himely after Paris - 1850

Aquatint by Sigismond Himely (1801-1872) after Walter Paris (fl.1849-1891) of the entrance gateway (gopura) of a Hindu temple at Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu, probably published in c. 1850.

Copyright ? The British Lib... Read More